How Did NFL Rebrand Houston Texans Jerseys’ Look?

The Houston Texans are entering their 16th season in the NFL.  They are still looking at their first, THEIR FIRST, cheap Texans jerseys and logo design (unless you count adding the red jersey in year two of the team, which I don’t).  Even when the league forces them to add a new “Color Rush” jersey, they didn’t wear them. So for 16 years if you’ve tuned into the Houston Texans you’ve seen the same three jerseys, same three pants and same three socks in some combination on the field.

Before you say ‘they are trying to keep their jerseys consistent and in 30 year’s we’ll think they are classic, don’t change them. The great teams don’t change their jerseys’ just know you’re wrong. The Steelers, 49ers, Cowboys, and Patriots (most Super Bowl Wins in the NFL) have all made changes to their uniforms, logos, and style over the course of their history and even smaller aesthetic moves in recent years.

This offseason the Houston Texans did something we hadn’t seen them do since their inaugural season, draft a quarterback in the first round.  Now to do something they’ve never done, redesign their look. Their entire look. New logo. New wordmark. New secondary logo (yes the Texans actually have a secondary logo and it’s terrible). New uniforms. The whole shebang.

I spent some time debating if they should keep their primary logo. It took about two minutes to decide they should not. I get the logo. It’s a bull that has some elements of the Texas flag in it. But it’s just blah to me. I think it can be done better. One thing I am not changing for the Texans is their colors. The red white and blue with a team name like the Texans is a must.

I will try to explain my reasoning on this as best I can as I go through each part. I don’t expect everyone to love this. But I’m happy with the overall look of this new Texans design. (Please make your own or send suggestions to me @GarretHeinrich)

texans primary logo - texansThe bull stays, but get a more Greek look. I really looked for a place to put a star on the bull, but nothing seemed to fit or work for the overall look of the bull.  Shockingly I had a lot of trouble finding a way to make the eye look right.  I finally settled on the more abstract eye shape.  If I’m 100% honest with myself, this is my least favorite part of the new transition, but I still like it better than the current logo.  I tried a couple of other bulls before I landed on this.

I took the simple Dallas Texans (now Kansas City Chiefs) logo and modified it for this team.  I love this look. It’s simple and clean and screams Houston Texans.  Also a bit of a throwback to the team that used to have their name, since the team can’t do anything with real throwbacks to the Oilers, this is the next best thing.

WORDMARK:wordmark Time For The Houston Texans To Rebrand Their Look

 

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Something about this font (VanillaWhale) for the “TEXANS” I absolutely loved and felt like it has a “Texan” feel to it.  The larger ‘T’ and ‘S’ framed the name well and balanced the overall wordmark (thanks to my buddy Cole for the suggestion). The stars do not have a real meaning other than incorporating them into the logo somehow (this is a team named after the “Lone Star State”) and one star didn’t work, so I went with five. Seven was too many. Three too few.  “HOUSTON” is a bit simpler to counteract the dynamic “TEXANS” wordmark.  I think it fits well on the “EXAN” and is obviously needed.   I also think that with the primary logo having a predominately blue color, red needed to be the bigger focus for the wordmark so that the two can be used together.

Doesn’t that look nice together? Yup. But now, let’s forget the thing that will be featured on hats and shirts and sandals and even women’s high-heeled shoes.  Let’s get to what matters, the product on the field. I did three uniform variations.  I did not do a “Color Rush” uniform because I hate that idea.

HELMET:texans helmet Time For The Houston Texans To Rebrand Their Look

 

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I’ll address the biggest change first. The helmet. It’s now red.  Red is used on only one other helmet in the NFL since the bills moved back to a white helmet. Washington uses their burgundy, but I don’t really count that as red, so it’s only the Chiefs right now that have a red helmet.  We’re going with a bigger bull than typically you find on helmets (think Bucs big flag) that will wrap towards the back and touch the facemask.  The stripe on the helmet is a representation of the Texas flag. Nothing says Texas more than this state’s great flag.  It’s probably the second most recognizable flag in America.  Also the “Texans” wordmark on the nose bumper (thanks @UniWatch) at the top of the facemask.  My favorite thing is where the star falls on the helmet at the front.  Just looks really good in my mind.

Now to the uniform.  Starting, obviously, with the home blue jersey. With a classic throwback sleeve stripe instead of the modified horn point they have now.  “Texans” wordmark again across the chest which is fairly standard for NFL teams, unless you’re the Browns and want to have really ugly jerseys.  White numbers and red piping jumps off the dark blue jersey, so even though it toiled with using red numbers with blue and white piping on the numbers the white just made the most sense.  I am not a huge fan of a dark number on a dark jersey from a broadcasting standpoint, so we’ll save those for a future alternate maybe.  Numbers on the shoulders as well.

The pants are red with a matching stripe to the helmet of the Texas flag. Blue on red is the best look the Texans use now.  Needs to be their regular home look.   I actually did the pants stripe before adding it to the helmet and absolutely fell in love with the idea for the pants piping.  It might look a little gimmicky, but it’s hard to say the Texas flag doesn’t look good on the “Texans” football uniform.  Great marketing as well for the second most popular team in Texas to try and infiltrate some of those Cowboys counties in the State.  Texans love everything with their flag on it.

The socks mimic the sleeve stripes.  Socks are largely overlooked part of the NFL uniform.  While baseball and soccer have always embraced the socks as a full accent of the uniforms, football almost largely ignores them.  I think this is a good look for the home games.

HOME ALT:

texans home jersey white pants

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Same look as the home uniform, just switch out the pants for white and you have another look to wear at home.  The Texans wore white pants at home for every game except for their Deep Steel Blue game against the Chargers in 2016 so I wouldn’t be surprised if this were the look they would wear more.

ROAD:

texans road uniform

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This turned out to be my favorite uniform combination I came up with.  I really like the blue sleeves with the secondary logo on them along with the blue nameplate on the white jersey.  The NFL doesn’t use the alternate color nameplate much, it is seen a lot more in the NHL.

The red pants complete a good red/white/red look which would unique for the Texans.  They typically wear blue pants with their white uniforms.

The socks bring the blue back into the color scheme a bit and show off the secondary logo again.  The only thing loved as much as the Texas flag is Texans love for things with the outline of their state.

ALTERNATE:

texans 3rd jersey

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Of the current Texans jerseys, the red is my favorite.  They wear it once a year.  Luckily it’s been a while since they’ve worn them with red pants. This is a great look for their annual “Battle Red Day” near the end of the season.  Secondary logo on the shoulders becomes a unique look for this one-off jersey.  Texas flag also makes its first appearance on the socks. I would say the flag would wrap all the way around the sock, but I’d be fine with it just being on the outside.

ALTERNATE LOOKS:

The Texans have a tradition of wearing all three of their jerseys at home.  And I don’t mind their current style of three jerseys and three pants, interchange them as you wish. I think that should always be an option. If you start winning with one combination, don’t mess with it.  Here are some different ideas on how they could mix and match the looks I’ve created.

WHITE OUT:

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I’m on the record that I don’t like the unitard look, except white. White seems to be the only way to successfully do all the same color jersey, pants and socks.  This would be a good look for the team’s first home game where they do a “Liberty White Out” every single year.  There is enough color on the uniform that this doesn’t just look too clean.  And now that they play on turf, now worry about grass stains to dirty this up and make the equipment manager’s job a nightmare.

KETCHUP BOTTLE:

 

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This is too much red.  The Chiefs actually pull this off nicely but we’ll go ahead and let them be the only team in the NFL with this look.  I hate this and would hope they would never do it, but wouldn’t be surprised if it popped up once in a while.

DEEP STEEL BLUE

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Another gimmick jersey game the Texans do is their “Deep Blue Steel” game where they wear blue on blue.  I actually like the flip on the socks color and don’t mind the blue on blue look once in a while.  The red socks look a lot like the Red Sox style, but it breaks up all the blue.  They could wear this with white socks as well.  But not a bad look.

BATTLE RED, WHITE & BLUE

battle red option

Design by @GarretHeinrich

Like I said above the Texans typically wear their red jersey with white pants. 2016 was the first time we ever saw the team wear their red uniforms with the blue pants, so this seems like more of a possibility but isn’t nearly as good looking as the red on blue above. Wouldn’t hate these. Could put in the Texas state socks here too.

BATTLE RED SOCKS

texans 3rd jersey red socks

Design by @GarretHeinrich

I actually like the red socks more than the blue with the blue pants, but maybe it’s too much red with helmet, jersey, socks. I’m still up in the air on this look. Still really like red on blue jersey pant combination.

That is about all I came up with. I didn’t redesign the field or the cheer outfits, I’ll let the Texans figure that out. But I’m really happy with how this entire rebranding of the Houston Texans came out. It seems like the Texans are due for a rebrand. They need to do something, even if they are looking to just boost some merchandise sales. A rebrand can be very successful for a team that is still looked at like an expansion team with little to no success in the league despite winning four Division titles in the last six seasons.

I wanted to show the progression I made with the primary logo as I worked on it. Here are some places I landed before making changes and eventually landing on my final product.

That is the full process for the cheap nfl jerseys, the new rebrand for the Houston Texans. Please let me know your thoughts – Hit me up on Twitter @GarretHeinrich. If you like the designs, let the Texans know as well. #TexansRebrand

Philadelphia Eagles to wear slightly modified nfl jerseys in 2017

The Philadelphia Eagles will be wearing new cheap nfl jerseys in 2017, but the changes will be basically invisible to the naked eye.

New jerseys are always exciting. Sometimes an updated wardrobe is all it takes to endure a full season of heartbreak and despair. That hopefully won’t be the kind season the Philadelphia Eagles will have in 2017, but hey, you never really know.

So what will the changes to the cheap Eagles’ jerseys look like? Well, get out your magnifying glass and take a look.

The jerseys the Eagles have been wearing since 2014 are Nike’s Elite 51 threads. Notice how the 2016 jerseys have a thicker “flywire” collar and feature seams connecting the torso to the shoulder area of the jersey. For the new jerseys, Nike’s Vapor Untouchable threads, the seams are not present and the collar is much thinner than its predecessor.

This certainly isn’t the jersey change most Eagles fans are looking forward to, however. What people are really looking forward to is the return of kelly green.

When speaking to the media at the NFL Annual Meeting in March, Eagles owner Jeffery Lurie said he’d like to bring the kelly green unis back permanently.

The Eagles haven’t dawned the kelly green jerseys since the 2010 season opener against the Green Bay Packers, where Philadelphia honored the 1960 NFL Championship team. Clearly, the Eagles are looking to make a return to the brighter threads. The Eagles proposed a rule change allowing all teams to use an alternate helmet during the season. Unfortunately, the team withdrew the proposal.

Regardless of whether that rule change is made, it certainly appears kelly green is in the Eagles’ future. When those new jerseys will arrive, however, is anyone’s guess.

Authentic Tampa Bay Buccaneers Football Stitched Jerseys

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers currently have a authentic jersey contract with Nike. We have 13 cheap football jerseys in our database for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and are working to add more to jersey Critics. Feel free to contact us with any football jersey designs for this team that we may be missing.

Established in 1976, cheap Buccaneers jerseys overhaul to a more contemporary look in 1997 positively impacted what was previously a dreadful franchise forever.

Often associated with tangerines, the Buccaneers’ eye sore bright orange jerseys during their inaugural season were almost as bad as their record. Tampa Bay lost its first 26 games with the orange, red and white look, completed with a white helmet featuring “Buccaneer Bruce” decals on each side. The scheme didn’t translate well in-person or on television, orange tops with white numerals outlined in red. They became known as the “Creamsicle” jerseys. The Bucs introduced orange pants on the road in 1992.

Tampa Bay’s ownership was in dire need of a revamping and that happened before the turn of the century when the franchise revealed a more intimidating set of threads. “Buccaneer Bruce” was dropped for a menacing skull and crossed sabres logo with a football at the center.

With orange thrown away, the Bucs added pewter which became an instant hit as the main color of the team’s gameday helmet and pants. Tampa Bay didn’t bring the “Creamsicles” back until the 2009 season as a throwback combination.

The Bucs’ current combinations include white or red jerseys with white or pewter pants. Each set of pants include contrasting stripes with hints of black. There’s a single throwback jersey available as well — orange jersey with white pants and a white shell.

Of the franchise’s 10 all-time playoff appearances, six have come since Tampa Bay went to its pewter, red and black get ups in 2002 — the Bucs’ only Super Bowl title-winning season.

Giants to wear color rush Jerseys at home against Cowboys

The atmosphere for a Week 14 game between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys was already expected to be electric as both teams are poised to compete for the division title.

But in adding to it, it was announced on Friday that the Giants, who will be at home at MetLife Stadium, will be wearing the color rush jerseys they unveiled last season in their Thursday night game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Giants hope they will have better luck in those jerseys this season after losing their color rush debut, 24-19, during their lone Thursday night game last season.

On the plus side, Big Blue did have success against the Cowboys in last year’s meetings as they swept the season series.

The Giants’ color rush jersey are a retro version of the white jerseys they wore in the 80s and 90s with a new aged spin to them. Typically, the color rush jerseys are worn on Thursday night games, but the Giants’ only Thursday night game will be in Washington against the Redskins on Thanksgiving.

This will be the first time the Giants will be wearing white jerseys at home since their big jersey change in 2000. That was the year the Big Blue changed their helmets to the “NY” letters.

The color rush jerseys don’t just mean the “old school” look jerseys with blue numbers and red outlining, but they also have the old helmets that read “Giants.” The now retro logo helmets were worn prior to the 2000-2001 season.

Prior to 2000, the last time the Giants wore white at home was in 1987.

Any division game is always important, but this game will have big playoff implications for both teams. Hopefully the excitement of the color rush jerseys will help the Giants propel themselves to victory.

Bengals’ Authentic All-White Jerseys

Carlos Dunlap had never seen a white Bengal tiger until he met Akere at the Cincinnati Zoo on Tuesday morning, dressed neck to shoe in his new, white and black-accented Color Rush cheap Bengals jerseys the Cincinnati Bengals will wear on Sept. 29 against the Miami Dolphins.

“This is going to be rare that the Bengals actually changed their color combinations,” the Bengals defensive end said. “You know how they are about sticking to tradition, so this is going to be a new tradition I feel like.”

Nike designed the cheap nfl jerseys, which feature black stripes on the shoulder pads and hips and the orange and black “B” on the chest. It also features orange tint around the nameplates. They are new uniforms, and Dunlap said they have a different feel.

The look is topped with the traditional orange and black helmet.

“That would be pretty dope, too,” Dunlap said. “I think it’ll be fine like this, too. But if the orange was white on this helmet, that would probably really set it off. I think it’s still sweet. It’s nothing to take away from it.”

The NFL does not allow players to have more than one helmet for safety reasons, and the team’s orange-based helmet has to be shipped to the manufacturer to have the black stripes painted on in the offseason — in other words, it would be logistically impossible for the helmets to be repainted.

This is a special look and will not affect the team’s use of the orange alternate jersey. The orange jersey can still be worn twice.

Dunlap, rookie wide receiver Tyler Boyd and All-Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins modeled the uniform at the zoo. The wholesale jerseys went on sale in the Bengals Pro Shop on Tuesday, but the only players available are A.J. Green, Andy Dalton and Tyler Eifert.

Jets release jersey numbers for new draft picks, free agent signings

When a team rebuilds, it adds a handful of new players. When new players are brought in cheap nfl jerseys, fans usually can’t wait to see what cheap jets jerseys numbers they will wear.

Well, the Jets released a bunch of jersey numbers this morning, starting with that of No. 6 overall draft pick Jamal Adams. He’ll wear the same number he owned while patrolling the LSU secondary in college.

Here are the numerals fellow Jets draftees Marcus Maye, ArDarius Stewart, Chad Hansen, Jordan Leggett, Dylan Donahue, Elijah McGuire, Jeremy Clark and Derrick Jones will sport. Note, these could change.

 

Oakland Raiders Color Rush Jerseys Design

When the NFL began its Thursday-night Color Rush jersey program two seasons ago, many fans hoped the Raiders would go with solid black. That didn’t happen (they went with solid white), but several of our entrants tried to go that route with their submissions. The best of these designs came from Vince Rabago, whose proposed home jersey really puts the black in the silver and black, with the silver numbers and shoulders providing just enough of a counterpoint.

David Britt created a powerful look by starting with the Raiders’ basic logo, changing the eye-patched player’s head to a skull and adding some gold outlining for a touch of Vegas bling. Granted, the combination of crossed swords and a skull has already been used by the Bucs, but some overlap is inevitable when you’re dealing with raiders and buccaneers, which are essentially synonymous. In any case, Britt’s proposed logo is better than the Bucs’ real logo, so he need not apologize for using the skull ‘n’ swords motif.

No throwback Football Jerseys for the Steelers

When Pittsburgh Steelers team president Art Rooney II spoke with a select group of media prior to his departure for the annual owner’s meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, he reminded fans the team would not be wearing any cheap throwback NFL Jerseys in 2017.

This isn’t breaking news, as the “bumblebee” Jerseys were retired in 2016, and Rooney II told Steelers.com the team would forego a throwback uniform the following year. Now, before going any further, the team will still likely wear their ‘Color Rush’ uniforms once, most likely on Thursday Night Football, in 2017, but the lack of throwback uniforms are fine by me.

In fact, I’m looking forward to not seeing wholesale throwback football jerseys next season.

I’m aware there are those who will read the previous sentence and will have to pick their jaws up off the ground, but I’ve never been one to get excited about a different jersey. I have a road jersey, a home jersey, and have been gifted other NFL jerseys throughout my time rooting for the Steelers, but I would be just fine with only my original home and road jerseys, both Ben Roethlisberger jerseys, for a while.

It isn’t that I didn’t like those gold helmets when Hines Ward was knocking Ed Reed into last week, or the bumble bees when Ryan Clark and company completely embarrassed cheap Robert Griffin III jersey at Heinz Field. I loved those uniforms, but I guess you can call me a traditionalist. To me, nothing is better than the standard black and white jerseys with those classic gold pants with a black stripe down the side.

Why Browns hate their 2017 uniforms?

Whoever was in charge of designing the cheap Browns’ jerseys might not have a job for long, because apparently the team already hates the new look.

Less than two years after unveiling a completely new authentic jersey, the Browns are already looking to start over.

At the NFL owners meeting this week, Browns co-owner Dee Haslam told ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi that there were multiple problems with the team’s latest look.

For one, there was a general feeling that the team’s nine jersey combinations were too busy. Haslam also noted that there’s an issue with the fabric that makes the jerseys tight and uncomfortable for the players. That might explain their record last season.

The Browns and Nike spent roughly two years designing the new wholesale jerseys, which is why it’s such a shock that Cleveland might already want to replace them. The problem with getting new jerseys is that it’s a long process.

Under NFL rules, you can’t replace a uniform more than once every five years, meaning the Browns are stuck with their current duds until the end of the 2019 season. Also, it takes two years to design a new uniform, meaning the Browns likely won’t start planning for their new look until after the 2017 season.

“We’ve talked about it, but we haven’t conceptualized what that might be, and we have to work with the NFL on it,” Haslam said.

When the team does eventually go through the two-year design process, don’t look for them to make the same mistakes they made when they changed their uniform in 2015.

“We’ve learned a lot through that process,” Haslam said. “We will go through the process probably again.”

As for what the new jerseys might look like, Haslam didn’t want to give away any secrets.

“We’re the Cleveland Browns. We stand for a certain thing,” Haslam said. “I can’t imagine doing anything too crazy, can you? I can’t.”

Apparently, there is one crazy thing that might happen. A team source told Grossi that the Browns are “seriously looking” at the possibility of dumping their orange helmet and going with a white one. The team wore a white helmet between 1946 and 1949. The team also happened to win four straight world championships between 1946-49, so maybe going in that direction is the right move.

You can see what all three of the Browns’ current jerseys look like below (Ironically, none of the three players who modeled the uniform in 2015 are still on the team). The all-orange look clearly isn’t popular because the Browns haven’t worn it a single time during their two seasons with the new jerseys.

Browns 2017 uniforms - brownsLook at their face, you will see.

Patriots may be able to wear NFL throwback jerseys

It’s not official yet, but the Patriots may be able to wear the old school Pat Patriot uniforms again if a proposed rule change passes.

The NFL’s annual meetings begin next week, and in between outlawing cool things that the Patriots happen to be good at (like the leaping field goal block) and making “defenseless receiver” an even broader term than it already is, they also happen to be considering a rule change that’ll bring back great memories (for some of us) and PTSD for some of the rest of us.

Yes, we’re talking the old-school, white helmet, red jersey Pat cheap Patriot jerseys!

(We’ll now take a brief pause for our readers that are old enough to remember Super Bowl XX and need to throw up off the balcony.)

Right now, per NESN, the problem with breaking out the throwback duds is that every team has to use the same helmet color for all their wholesale nfl jerseys, and New England is locked in with silver helmets. Fortunately, our friends in the City of Brotherly Love have proposed a rule change that’d let teams get around that:

2017 Resolution Proposal

1. By Philadelphia, Amends the NFL’s On-Field Policy to allow clubs to have an alternate helmet in a color to match their third uniform.

Now we’re cooking with gas! If it passes, that would allow the Patriots to designate white helmets as the helmet color for their third jersey, and that would match the red-on-white vintage jerseys and pants that the Patriots wore from 1961 until 1993, when they switched over to the now-symbol-of-evil Flying Elvis logo and blue-on-silver getup that the team uses to this day.

For those of you thinking, “Hey, hold on, didn’t they wear throwback nfl jerseys just a few years ago?”…yes, they did! The NFL was cool with throwback jerseys and different color helmets until the fall of 2013, when the rule about helmet colors suddenly became a safety issue. Yes, really.

And for those of you thinking “Why not just wear the red jerseys with the silver helmet?”…yes, you can do it in Madden. I get it. It looks like trash and you know it.

What’s everybody thinking – if this rule passes, are you on board with throwback jerseys? Or does that take the Patriots back to a time when they were the Cleveland Browns of football?